Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Phantom Movie

Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) has "Star Wars" in the title, but that doesn't make sense. The Star Wars trilogy petered out in 1983. So this movie is clearly non-canonical.

Nonetheless, as a non-Star Wars space-opera adventure film, this was pretty fun. It had a great cast, mostly delivering the worst perfomances of their lives. Only 2 characters were, in my opinion, completely insufferable, Jar-Jar Binks and little Jake Lloyd as Anakin Skywalker.

Lots of chases, fight, and battles. Beautiful art direction - I love the future Baroque look, with all the marble columns and doo-dads. Lots of planets, lots of villains. Lots of set-up for the next two movies, so I guess I'll be watching them.

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